Brown County, NE

Brown County

There is a spot here just for you! Brown County is a spectacular outdoor playground. The many lakes, rivers and streams that decorate the landscape provide opportunities for activities from rustic camping to sunbathing on sandy beaches to fishing for that monster bass or trout. Miles of back roads and trails through canyons and the world famous Sandhills will be a breathtaking experience.

A canoe trip down the Niobrara River will off the chance to enjoy the outdoors at a leisurely pace and observe wildlife and scenery unique to the Sandhills. A combination of rolling grassy sandhills, tree covered canyons and abundant water and food provide excellent habitat for wildlife. Whether you hunt with a gun, bow, or camera you can expect to see deer, turkey, pheasant, grouse, and a wide range of smaller animals.

The true meaning of "Sandhills Hospitality" is found right here. Brown County back its reputation for friendliness with a wide variety of services and amenities. From staying in a cabin on Long Pine Creek to modern motels in Ainsworth, Brown County offers the traveler or vacationer a variety of accommodations. Good food abounds in Brown County with a number of restaurants and steak houses where travelers can enjoy corn fed Nebraska beef.

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Sellers-Barton Museum

The first museum was a log cabin built in 1936, with logs from the Niobrara River. Mrs. Nettie Sellors provided the funds for

Ainsworth, NE Museums

Cowboy Trail

By the late 1800s, the United States saw railroad tracks stretched, like a giant web, across its entirety, carrying cargo and travelers towards settlement in the West. Long silenced, abandoned, and almost forgotten, a hundred years later the rails are beginning to see travelers once again. They'

Ainsworth, NE Recreation


In 1991, the village of Johnstown was the site of filming for the CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, "O Pioneers!" Viewing the old fashioned main street with board sidewalk is a trip down memory lane with a unique "Old West" appearance.

Johnstown was established in 1882

Ainsworth, NE Historic Towns

Niobrara Canoeing

Recognized among the 10 top canoeing rivers in the nation by Backpacker magazine, the Niobrara River flows leisurely through steep sandstone canyons. Nebraskans also rank the river, designated a National Scenic River by Congress in 1991, in the top 10 favorite tourists stops in the state.


Ainsworth, NE Recreation

Coleman House Museum

The Coleman House contains clothing, furniture, memorabilia, a genealogical file,

Ainsworth, NE Museums

Miller Hotel - NHR

The Miller Hotel in Long Pine was originally built as a two-story frame house in 1895. It was converted to a hotel in 1914 when a ten-room wing was added. The hotel is historically significant for its association with the

Ainsworth, NE National Register

Niobrara Valley Preserve

The Niobrara Valley Preserve of the Nature Conservancy is a 50,000

Ainsworth, NE Wildlife Refuges

Ainsworth Army Air Field

The Ainsworth Army Air Field, completed on November 30, 1942, was a satellite of Rapid City Army Air field and under the command of the second Air Force. The Field was on of eleven Army Air Forces training bases built in Nebraska during World War II. The 2,496 acre field included three 7

Ainsworth, NE

"Doc" Middleton

David C. "Doc" Middleton, an alias for James Riley, was referred to as the "King of the Horse Thieves" and alleged leader of the gang called "The Pony Boys" who held rendezvous in the Sandhills area during the 1870

Ainsworth, NE

Ainsworth Municipal Golf Course

Course Access: Public
Holes: 9
Reserve Advance Tee Times:

Ainsworth, NE Golf Courses

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